Oscar Wilde – Sincere and Intimate Quotes about Women and Life


“A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.”


“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.”


“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”


“A good friend will always stab you in the front.”


“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”


“A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.”


“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”


“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.”


“Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.”


“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”


“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.”


“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”


“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”


“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”


“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”


“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”


“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”


“Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”


“I am not young enough to know everything.”


“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”


“I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.”


“I can resist anything except temptation.”


“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.”


“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”


“I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.”


“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”


“I like men who have a future and women who have a past.”


“I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”


“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”


“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”


“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”


“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”


“It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.”


“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”


“It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.”


“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.”


“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.”


“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”


“Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.”


“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.”


“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”


“My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.”


“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”


“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”


“One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.”


“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.”


“Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.”


“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”


“Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.”


“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”


“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”


“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”


“The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously-and have somebody find out.”


“The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.”


“The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”


“The only good thing to do with good advice is pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself.”


“The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.”


“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”


“The world is a stage and the play is badly cast.”


“There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.”


“There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.


“There is no sin except stupidity.”


“There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”


“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”


“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.


“To define is to limit.”


“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”


“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”


“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”


“We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.”


“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.”


“Work is the curse of the drinking classes.”


“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

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